Over the weekend, Donald Trump released a fairly detailed, yet concise immigration plan on his campaign website. There was much talk of it in the past 48 hours and now some of his fellow Republican contenders have offered their thoughts on the plan.
When asked to comment, Jeb Bush said Trump’s plan is not “grounded in reality“:
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Monday night dismissed as impractical Donald Trump’s proposals to erect a U.S.-Mexico border wall, use remittances to pay for its construction and to revoke birthright citizenship.
“How do you revoke remittances?” he asked shaking his head. “A plan needs to be grounded in reality.”
“I like my plan,” he added in a one-on-one interview with The Washington Post.
That’s not surprising since Bush and Trump have been at odds over the topic of immigration reform since earlier this year.
Scott Walker, on the other hand, praised Trump’s plan and says it shares similarities with his own plan:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talked tough on immigration Monday, saying he had a “similar” approach to that of real estate mogul Donald Trump but declined to say precisely how he would crackdown if elected president.
Walker told Fox News that his immigration plan was “similar” to Trump’s — he said he would support building a wall along the Mexican border — but would not go so far as to endorse Trump’s proposal.
“I’ve laid out a number of important reforms when it comes to immigration early this year, not only about securing the border but enforcing the law,” Walker said later at the Iowa State Fair on Monday. “In light particularly of what we’ve seen with sanctuary cities that we need to make sure that we enforce the law in every part of this country and not just in some parts or the other.”
You can tell which candidates are trying to treat Trump with kid gloves for fear they could lose support if they come out as attacking him. Jeb Bush doesn’t share the same slice of the Republican electorate so he is free to criticize Trump at will. Walker, on the other hand, is losing ground in Iowa as Trump rises so it is not surprising to see him come out as a “me too” candidate on this issue.